Better results were observed for patients who were treated surgically for hamstring rupture than those who were treated with therapy according to a study presented at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.
"Overall, patients in this study treated with surgery had a trend towards better lower extremity function as well as a higher likelihood of returning to re-injury activities than those treated non-surgically," commented corresponding author Joshua Olsen, MD, from the New England Baptist Hospital. "Most notably, the surgical group reported an average lower extremity function score (LEFS) of 74.71 as compared to 68.50 for the non-surgical group."
The study included 25 total patients, with 14 patients treated surgically (average age of 46.98) and 11 treated without surgery (average age of 55.6). The non-surgical group attempted therapy for an average of 4.6 months.
"While the study size does have limitations, the significant benefit for those treated surgically cannot be ignored," noted Olsen. "This information can help us in making future treatment recommendations to patients experiencing similar hamstring injuries"
The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopedic sports medicine leaders.
The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids.